Movies With Bad Reputations: The Black Hole
I continue to review some box-office disappointments that are deeply flawed, yet worth watching.
In The Black Hole, a mad scientist is bent on steering his spaceship directly into a singularity. An unlucky group of astronauts (and thier robot) stumble upon the ship, and are held as prisoners. Lest they perish, they plot to stop the doctor’s crazy plan.
Disney’s live-action attempt to compete with Star Wars does not have a script so much as an endless string of hackneyed pronouncements. But if The Black Hole were silent, it would be one of the best silent movies ever made. It has an original art-deco look that envelops you in unreality.
Children who haven’t learned to recognize cliches will enjoy the film a lot more than their parents; the obviousness of the script is actually a virtue if you’re seven. Seen in that light, perhaps the film rises above the general consensus. It stimulated my imagination when I was a kid.
It’s hard to believe, but this was Disney’s first PG-rated film. At one point, the character played by Anthony Perkins is eviscerated by an evil robot, but the scene is bloodless and rather campy.
Watch The Black Hole with your kids. Then, later, watch it by yourself with the sound off, and be amazed.